Let’s face it, as far as most guys are concerned, flowers are flowers, and as long as you end up getting her a pretty bouquet that makes her happy, you’ve accomplished your mission. But what if you could take things up a notch and really surprise her with a well-thought floral bouquet containing flowers with the perfect symbolism and meaning to represent your feelings and the relationship? Well, we’ve created an easy-to-follow gift guide to buying her flowers that provides you with everything you need to know to select the most appropriate floral arrangement this Valentine’s Day. This is bound to score you extra points – trust us!
Important Things to Remember:
-Consider the Relationship. Believe it or not, the level of your relationship should be an important factor when selecting flowers for your girlfriend or wife this Valentine’s Day. With all of the symbolism behind flowers and their colors, it can be easier than you realize to accidentally send the wrong message.
-Use your Own Judgment. If we’re recommending pink roses, or purple orchids for your relationship level but you know her favorite color is yellow and she adores yellow flowers, stick with a yellow bouquet that has flowers that symbolize what she means to you. This is only a guide after all; you know your girlfriend better than we do (hopefully).
-Planning and Timing. If you’re ordering her a floral arrangement online, give yourself a few days slack so you don’t end up with any unfortunate delays. Although most online florists are wonderful at last minute deliveries, it’s far better to give her a beautiful Valentine’s Day bouquet a day or two early than being empty-handed with an awful explanation of why you don’t have one for her.
Important Things to Avoid:
-Unromantic Floral Arrangements. Flowers aren’t always about romance, and the last thing you want to do is buy her an arrangement that looks like it should be given to your mom, or worse – your grandma. Anything in picnic-like baskets, ceramic pots, tea cups or cute little jugs are generally a no no.
-Don’t Be Cheap. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend a small fortune on a massive floral arrangement this Valentine’s Day, but grabbing the last half-dead bouquet at the gas station on your way to pick her up doesn’t cut it.
-Don’t Underestimate Arrival. If you’ve ordered through an online florist, be sure the arrangement will be delivered in person by a human. Some floral bouquets can be shipped via FedEx or UPS and will arrive in a box, leaving her to arrange the flowers herself (not very romantic). In addition to ensuring they arrive in pristine condition, try having them delivered to her place of work. Most women love the extra attention (and making Diane in accounting jealous) and it scores you extra points by simply changing the delivery address. Just make sure you know her work address exactly – or that nice idea could go badly wrong.
When in Doubt:
No matter what level of your relationship, the following bouquets strike the perfect balance of charm, allure, and romance (without being too desperate or breaking the bank!)
Red Tulips in a Glass Vase – The red is perfect for Valentine’s Day and still keeps it romantic, but the tulips make this arrangement less traditional and a lot more modern, making it the perfect bouquet for almost any stage of your relationship. Tip: If you’re in a brand-new relationship, you can always take the intensity of the arrangement down a notch or two buy requesting your florist use less flowers (ie. half a dozen or a dozen).
Pink Roses and Alstroemeria Lilies – The pink roses will keep this bouquet romantic without being too traditional or overpowering, and the pink alstroemeria lilies add a touch of exotic beauty and uniqueness to offset the classic roses, without being too expensive. A glass vase is always a sure bet and will add a modern touch to this arrangement. This would be the perfect arrangement for any lucky lady.
Mix of Fresh Flowers – Shades of pink, lavender, or coral roses, lilies, carnations, and maybe even orchids (if you’re willing to drop a bit more money) would create a gorgeous and colorful bouquet. Look for floral arrangements that contain 3 or 4 different types of flowers – sticking to mostly pinks and purples, as these are generally romantic colors that go well together without being too traditional. A bouquet like this is the perfect ‘go-to’ floral arrangement that would be sure to delight her – no matter how particular she is.
Flower Symbolism Guide:
A full guide of the most popular flowers and their various meanings including color symbolism, as well as useful bouquet recommendations for each flower. Follow our guide, and you can’t go wrong!
Carnation: With a rich history dating back more than 2,000 years, carnations possess a delicate beauty few flowers have. They’re generally symbolic of devoted love, pride, and beauty as well as these specific meanings for their individual colors:
Red: Deep love and affection
Pink: Enduring love
White: Pure love, as well as good luck
Chrysanthemum: Originally yellow in color and acknowledged as a symbol of the sun, these beautiful flowers also represent the essence of joy and fidelity, and are the perfect flowers to give to a spouse.
Red: A declaration of love, a simple statement of “I Love”
White: Truth and loyal love
Yellow: Slighted love
Daisy: These romantic flowers signify loyalty in love, patience, and beauty, with additional overtones of love conquering all. More specifically the colors of daisies have additional meanings:
White: Shared feelings of affection
Pink: Purity and innocence
Red: Unknown beauty
Delphinium/Larkspur: These gorgeous flowers have been used by Natives to make blue dye, and driving away scorpions in ancient times. Today, these lush, dolphin-shaped flowers symbolize an open heart, attachment, and convey a feeling of light cheerfulness.
Gladiolus: Named after the Latin word “gladius,” meaning sword, these striking blossoms possess a long history from Africa to the Mediterranean. Primarily known to symbolize strength and integrity, on a romantic level, these flowers also represent infatuation, with a bouquet conveying that they pierce the recipient’s heart with passion. How’s that for romantic?
Hydrangea: Considered to have a variation of meanings, the overwhelming consensus remains that the hydrangea symbolizes enduring grace and beauty.
Iris: Possessing a very noble symbolism, Irises are thought to represent compliments, and a promise in love. Their various colors also have further meanings:
Purple: Wisdom and compliments
Blue: Faith and hope
Lily: Their overall symbolism is virtue, refined beauty, wealth, and chilvery. These majectic flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology, and represent various meanings based on their colors:
Pink: Wealth and prosperity
Yellow: Sheer delight, or bliss
Orchid: The most coveted of ornamental plants, these delicately stunning tropical flowers are a symbol of love, luxury, beauty, and strength. Pink orchids convey complete affection, while the cattleya orchid is believed to represent pure charm.
Rose: These traditional flowers are known as the quintessential symbol of romance. Although roses are primarily considered to represent all things related to romance, love, and passion, many additional meanings are dependent on the individual colors of roses. Avoid if: you just started dating, or you know she’s a bit less traditional.
Red: Love, passion, beauty
Pink: Happiness and appreciation
Lavender: Enchantment and love at first sight
Burgundy: Beauty within
Peach: Appreciation and desire
Red & White Together: Unity
Snapdragons: While their origin is unknown, it’s believed these were once wildflowers in Spain and Italy. In the language of flowers, the snapdragon are believed to represent graciousness and strength.
Stock: Native to the Mediterranean, these sweet, delicate blooms are believed to symbolize a happy life, and lasting beauty. More specific romantic meanings include affection, and “you’ll always be beautiful to me”.
Tulip: Rivaling roses as one of the most romantic flowers; tulips possess elegance and simplistic beauty. Although generally symbolic of perfect love, different tulip colors carry distinct meanings:
Red: Irresistible love
Pink: Affection and perfect happiness
Cream: Eternal love
Yellow: Cheerful thoughts and a bright smile
Purple: Royalty, luxury, and power